Award-winning humorist David Sedaris is a well-known author, playwright, and commentator for National Public Radio. This essay, from his popular book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, tells the story of a chance encounter between an American living in France and a van full of lost Scandinavians. As he helps them find their way, he develops a new perspective. This story raises questions of how our interactions with others affect us and what happens when we view our lives through the eyes of a stranger?
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Dress Your Children in Corduroy and Denim (Little, Brown & Company, 2004)
How do we respond to strangers?What does it mean to be a stranger or an outsider? What does it feel like?How do we define who we are?How do you understand your own identity? How does it relate to the communities you are a part of?What do we know for sure? What do we not know?What is the value of uncertainty?Why do we reflect? What makes reflection difficult?